While the Mercedes-AMG GT’s flagship—and likely the most sought after—variant will be the GT-S, which the German manufacturer confirmed a couple of weeks back, a more sedate variant is also on the cards, if reports are to be believed.
The original GT-S is a monster of a car, powered by a newly developed twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 which will deliver a whopping 510 PS (375KW) and 650 Nm of torque. Automobile Magazine has reported that the base variant, set to be released later during the car’s lifespan, will have the same engine, but it will be tuned down to produce just 462 PS (340 kW). Wonder why the Germans want to limit this beauty, which would have been a natural competitor to an illustrious and expensive list of cars—from Porsche 911 GT3 and 911 Turbo to Jaguar F-Type Coupe R, Aston Martin V8 Vantage S and even the upcoming Maserati Alfieri or McLaren P13.
The base model, the AMG GT, will have 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped with 255/35 front and 295/30 rear tires, and will also have a limited-slip differential. The S variant has a wider set of tyres to keep it stable under the substantially higher top speeds. 265/35 tires will be used on the 19-inch front wheels while larger 20-inch rear wheels will be wrapped in 295/30 rubbers (Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires or optional softer cup tires for both ends). It will also have an E-diff.
The GT-S is a much more affordable sports car compared to its predecessor SLS. But to get the record straight, the GT-S is not a replacement for the SLS. Barring the center tub, the aluminum spaceframe body of the GT-S has been designed from scratch. The passenger shell, placed between the front and rear firewalls, is carried over from the SLS, along with the floorpan, sills, A-pillars, and some secondary chassis elements. Even the width, track, and tire size are the same as the SLS. However, the wheelbase has been shortened by 2 inches for agility.
So what else is new? The engine for starters… The suspension, steering, brakes and the electronics: Basically everything that affects performance. The exteriors and interiors are brand new too, and, steel is used for the tailgate while the front-end structure is made of cast magnesium.
The GT-S will have a top speed of 194 mph (312 km/h) and is likely to return around 25 mpg US (30.3 mpg UK or 9.3 liters / 100 km). AMG has hinted that the new beast will take less than 3.9 seconds to do a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h). But there is no official confirmation of the numbers. For that we will all have to wait till October and the Paris Motor Show.